and wife John Cena Shay Shariatzadeh’s low-profile relationship made their October 2020 wedding all the more surprising.
The pair were initially linked in
March 2019 when they were spotted holding hands after a dinner date in Canada. The relationship marked the first time Cena had been spotted on a date since his engagement to Nikki Garcia ended for good in July 2018.
Following a handful of red carpet appearances, the couple
sparked engagement rumors in February 2020 after Shariatzadeh was seen wearing a ring on her left hand during a trip to an amusement park in San Diego. Us Weekly confirmed that the twosome secretly tied the knot in Florida that October.
Cena’s friends have been vocally supportive of the couple’s relationship. “[John and Shay] look incredible together,”
Seth Rollins exclusively told in January 2020. “I have not seen him this happy in a long time. So that’s really cool.” Us
Scroll down to revisit Cena and Shariatzadeh’s relationship timeline:
Less than a year after his split from Garcia, Cena was spotted on a dinner date with Shariatzadeh in Canada. They held hands during the outing and were seen kissing at the San Diego airport the following month.
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The couple attended a WWE Raw taping and went out to dinner in Tampa, Florida. A source revealed at the time that Cena was “really into Shay and excited about their new relationship” because she is “really smart and easygoing [and] great for him.”
The pro wrestler and Shariatzadeh made their red carpet debut together at the premiere of Playing With Fire. They held onto each other and giggled in sweet shots from the event.
Cena shut down speculation that the project manager resembles Bella. “Thank you so much for asking that question, but I’ll keep that as your question and keep those details to myself,” he said during a November 2019 appearance on the Today show.
The Bumblebee star, who noted he was “extremely happy,” pointed out that it was “OK to establish boundaries” after his public relationship with Bella. “Just because I went down one avenue in life doesn’t mean I’m going to repeat going down that avenue,” he said.
Cena and Shariatzadeh once again showed PDA at the premiere of his film Doolittle. They beamed as they kissed for the cameras.
Shariatzadeh was spotted wearing a large ring, which sparked engagement rumors, but the duo never confirmed whether they were betrothed. “I noticed a huge ring on her left hand ring finger,” an eyewitness who saw the pair in San Diego told Us in February 2020. “It looked pretty big.”
Us confirmed that Cena and Shariatzadeh secretly married in Tampa on October 12, 2020. “Love involves constant effort,” he tweeted days before the nuptials. “When you are truly ready to let love in and give to love all it needs to flourish, I feel there is no greater more rewarding connection.”
The twosome held a second wedding ceremony on July 15 after Shariatzadeh was spotted wearing a wedding dress in Vancouver, according to photos obtained by TMZ.
“John and Shay didn’t have a proper ceremony the first time out, it was a deliberately private affair because they wanted to do it with the minimum of attention of fuss,” a source told Us one month later. “This time was different though, they booked out a beautiful place and made it a very special occasion. … They’re just so in love and grateful to have found each other.”
Cena and Shariatzadeh are considering expanding their family after nearly two years of marriage.
“He said for so long that he didn’t want kids but now he’s warming to the idea more and more,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly about the former wrestler. “They’ll go with the flow but it’s different with Shay, he feels wiser and more ready for the responsibility. It’s something they’d both love, for sure.”
The WWE champion and the Canada native were spotted strolling hand in hand through London.
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Cena and Shariatzadeh showed off their love at the London premiere of Cena’s film Argylle by hugging and kissing for photographers on the red carpet. The duo each sported all-black ensembles, with Cena donning a pinstriped suit and Shariatzadeh rocking a mini dress with floral details.
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